Disaster Preparedness for Florida Businesses

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10/5/2017 – Gov. Scott Declares State of Emergency to Prepare Florida for Tropical Storm Nate
Today, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 17-262 declaring a state of emergency in 29 counties within the State of Florida in response to Tropical Storm Nate. The counties under the state of emergency are Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Baker, Union, Bradford, and Alachua counties. Governor Scott is ensuring that local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this storm and are not hindered, delayed or prevented from taking all necessary actions to keep communities safe. read the Governor’s full release

Note: In preparation for Tropical Storm Nate, the Florida SBDC Network Headquarters and Florida SBDC at UWF offices will be closed beginning Saturday through Monday. Normal operations will resume Tuesday, October 10th. Depending on the scope of the impact of the storm, Florida SBDC disaster specialists will be available in affected areas to assist with applying for disaster loans and with other post-disaster challenges. Learn about our Disaster Recovery services here.

Business Disaster Resources: Before the Storm

Stay Informed:

  • www.nhc.noaa.gov – Get the latest information on Hurricane Irma at the National Hurricane Center.
  • 850-815-4925 – The Private Sector Hotline has been activated by the state for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information, and post-impact information.
  • 800-342-3557 – The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) is a toll-free hotline activated at the time of an emergency to provide an additional resource for those in Florida to receive accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting the State of Florida. FEIL line is currently activated and available 24 hours/7 days a week.
  • www.FloridaDisaster.org – The state’s official source of general and specific information for individuals and businesses about Hurricane Irma from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Create a Plan:

  • Get A Plan – Get a Plan assists businesses in developing a family and/or business plan utilizing the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s online templates. Utilize the preparedness app FDEM Google Play | iTunes
  • Ready.gov/Business – Ready Business assists businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.

Prepare a Business Ready “Records-To-Go” Box:

Every business should have a Business Ready “Records-To-Go” box that includes important documents and supplies necessary for business to continue after a disaster. Make sure the box is fire- and
waterproof. Some suggested records include:

  • Business Continuity, Emergency Preparedness, and Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Emergency contact list of employees and key customers
  • Insurance policies and agent information
  • List of suppliers and vendors
  • Back-up computer systems and data files
  • Bank records

For more helpful tips on how businesses can protect their assets, support their employees, and safeguard critical business processes, review our Dare to Prepare Flyer.

Additional Resources to Help Businesses Stay Informed and Prepare:

  • Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses Webinar – The Florida SBDC at Florida International University (FIU), a member of the Florida SBDC Network, has prepared a short 25-minute webinar with business preparedness tips. To view the video, please click here.
  • Hurricane Preparedness Checklist – Agility Recovery, in partnership with the U.S. SBA, has developed the Hurricane Preparedness Checklist to help businesses prepare for a hurricane’s effect on your business, employees, and community by highlighting activities you should undertake before, during, and following the event, click here.
  • Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) – The FLVBEOC has been activated to a Level 1, a full-scale, 24-hour activation, providing businesses with valuable preparedness information. For a list of preparedness tips before the storm and to register your business, please click here.
  • 866-9-NO-SCAM – Attorney General Bondi Activates Price Gouging Hotline.
  • Statewide Private Sector Re-Entry Program – Businesses should be aware that local authorities will require employees seeking re-entry to impacted areas to provide a driver’s license or passport, proof of employment or a letter on company letterhead, and proof of a demonstrated need to enter the area, such as a work order or employer authorization. For more information, please click here.